CVU Soccer Off to a Flying Start

Mr. Cole Otley

 The CVU Boys’ Soccer Team started their season undefeated, winning against Burr and Burton, Rice, and Rutland, and tying with Essex earlier this month.

The Redhawks kicked things off with a trip down to Burr and Burton where they came out with a 6-0 victory. The Hawks struck early with a three-goal first half with goals from Jonah Roberts, Jack Sinopoli, and Nate Sampson. James Schmidt scored with only 25 seconds into the second half, and Jonah Roberts added a second penalty kick while Sam Johnson scored later in the game to put CVU up 6-0.

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Photo by Cole Otley

After the incredible victory against Burr and Burton, the Redhawks faced off with the Green Knights from Rice Memorial High School in the Jay Brady Kickoff Classic on September 8th. There weren’t any goals made in the first half of the game, both teams going into the second half tied at 0-0. However, the Hawks soon delivered by netting three goals. Cullen Swett converted a penalty, Chase Mitchell gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead, and Sam Johnson once again scored late to send the Redhawks to a 3-0 win.

To cap off the Jay Brady tournament that Saturday, CVU took on Rutland. Once again, no goals were scored early in the game, but the ice was broken when Sam Johnson broke through the defense and put away the first goal. After that, Nick Durieux, Jonah Roberts, and Sam Johnson added to the stat sheet to make it a 4-0 victory for the Redhawks.

CVU coach Rob Cole was pleased with the team’s performance through the first three games, saying, “We have had three really good, dominant wins. But, we have a really big test on Friday.” Friday’s game against Essex ended in a draw, despite a goal getting called back for offsides. The final result was best summed up by coach Cole: “If you are really happy right now, there is something wrong with you, but you shouldn’t be super unhappy either.” CVU took on Essex in a rematch on Saturday, the 22nd.

The Redhawks are trying to bounce back after an early exit last year against St. Johnsbury in the semi-finals.

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